I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit anxious about a few different aspects of the trip - flying with an 11 month old, new and different sleeping arrangements, etc. but everything went so well and for that, I am SO thankful! Lainey was a CHAMP flying - we had 1 lay over both there and back, so of the 4 flights we took, she slept through the majority of 3 of them. She just laid her sweaty little baby head on my shoulder and drifted off to sleepy world. And the first flight that she didn't sleep through, she just ate snacks, looked at books and played with her cute little baby iPad apps (not joking, they exist).
|Sleeping like a baby!|
|Happy girl enjoying a snack!|
Lainey really didn't take long at all to warm up to Auntie Em, Uncle Bud and even their dog Lacey. Of course, a little bribing never hurts... especially when it involves food...
Aunt Sarah and Uncle Jed got some good one on one time with Claire one morning while her momma had some errands to run. She is just the sweetest and she makes the cutest faces!
There is nothing cuter than kids in the bath tub!
|The impossible task of getting 2 kids under 2 to look at the camera at the same time...Sigh.|
|Lainey had to sit back and relax after that huge meal!|
Another highlight (especially for Jed) was visiting base, Camp Lejeune, and getting to see where Bud works and the ordnance library (bombs, explosives and the like). I have a hard time wrapping my head around exactly what Bud does as an EOD tech (explosive ordnance disposal) but it's fascinating to listen to him talk about his job and his most recent deployment. I'm just thankful that the Lord kept him safe for 7 months and allowed him to keep all of his arms and legs intact (as it is not always the case for many EODs).
|Just a little shopping trip at the exchange on base|
|Chow time with the Dads!|
Lainey got some good practice at cruising around furniture and walking with the stroller while we were there too!
Sunday we went to the beach! Bud and Emily live about 15 minutes from the ocean (can you imagine?!?) and while it's still a lot of work to pack up and take 4 adults and 2 kids under 2, it's close enough that we didn't feel bad about only being there for an hour and a half. It was a BEAUTIFUL sunny day! Claire is a riot at the beach - the girl has no fear! Lainey was a bit unsure at first but I'd say she enjoyed herself. I think of everyone, Jed enjoyed himself the most of all.
|I just can't get over how cute she looks in that hat.|
|[Do you like how I strategically placed Lainey in front of my belly? Ha!]|
By the end of our visit, Lainey had 2 new best friends (besides Claire...)
Jed kept saying that Jacksonville, NC is going to be our new vacation destination hot spot and I couldn't agree more! It's not a place to visit and appreciate for the scenery or restaurants, but there are 3 people there we love very much and that is reason enough for us to go!